follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

poetaster

[poh-it-as-ter] /ˈpoʊ ɪtˌæs tər/
noun
1.
an inferior poet; a writer of indifferent verse.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin or Neo-Latin; see poet, -aster1
Related forms
poetastering, poetastery, poetastry, poetasterism, noun
poetastric, poetastrical, adjective
Synonyms
rhymester.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for poetaster
  • Nor are such creatures merely the province of the past and the poetaster.
  • Here the old-fashioned term poetaster may apply, if only obliquely.
British Dictionary definitions for poetaster

poetaster

/ˌpəʊɪˈtæstə; -ˈteɪ-/
noun
1.
a writer of inferior verse
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin; see poet, -aster
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for poetaster
poetaster
1599, from M.Fr. poetastre (1554), from L. poeta (poet) + -aster, diminutive (pejorative) suffix.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for poetaster

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for poetaster

11
0
Scrabble Words With Friends